Who is Responsible for Property Upkeep? Ask the Agent

by Danielle Skowronek

In today’s “Ask the Agent” segment, I’m dealing with a question we’ve gotten from sellers recently, and it’s about who’s responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of a home after it’s gone under contract before the seller has sold it to the buyer. In short, the seller is responsible for the home up until the day of the sale.

The Home Must Convey in the Condition Stated in Your Contract

Once you’ve got your home under contract, yes, take some time to feel good. It’s a lot of stress, and a lot of anxiety that you don’t have to deal with any longer, but you’re not quite finished yet.

You have to make sure you keep it in the same condition, usually as it was at the time of the contract and fix any items that have come up in the home inspection that you agreed to fix. And it’s important to do a good job with that and important to keep the home clean, unless otherwise stated in the contract for some reason. This helps ensure that the transaction is smooth through the end.

The buyer is typically going to do a pre-closing walk-through within five days of closing, and you want them to feel good about the purchase. You don’t want to do anything that’ll spook them, make them get scared feet or think about walking away. There’s just no need to create that additional risk.

Keep the home in good shape, turn over a good home.

Remember, until you actually complete the sale, it’s the seller’s responsibility.

If you have any other questions, I’d love to help you and answer your question in one of our upcoming “Ask the Agent” segments.

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